Malaysians urged to donate computers in global search for COVID-19 cure
KUALA LUMPUR: APR Electronic Services Sdn. Bhd, a well established refurbished and reconditioned computers factory in Malaysia, are leading a country-wide initiative for “Folding at home”, a global project which harnesses spare computing power to speed up medical research for COVID-19 in the face of the pandemic.
Folding at home is a distributed computing project by researchers at Stanford University, USA, which connects unused processing power of laptops, desktop computers and gaming consoles all over the world, in order to create a virtual supercomputer to build complex simulations of the COVID-19 protein structure, an essential piece of information needed for the development of vaccines and drugs for COVID-19.
Danny Ng, Director of APR Electronic Services, passionately believes that the fate of humanity in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic lies not only in the hands of medical experts and policy makers, but the decisions made by organisations, companies, and individual volunteers have the power to determine a favourable outcome of a post COVID-19 world.
“I am truly humbled to be entrusted with the opportunity to initiate the Folding@home programme in Malaysia. COVID-19 has wrecked havoc over all layers of society in our beloved country, and I cannot emphasise enough the need for everyone of us to do our part in this race against time to contain & eradicate the virus. Donating unused processing power of laptops and desktop computers is a small yet meaningful contribution that can make an enormous difference to mankind. Rather than keeping your unused laptops or desktops in your store room or somewhere in your house, it’ll be more meaningful to contribute these capacities for good cause.”
Danny’s enthusiasm for the worldwide joint effort under the Folding@home programme has kickstarted a pilot project with 40 laptops and 10 desktop computers working simultaneously 24/7 at the HQ of APR Electronic Services in Sunway Damansara Technology Park, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
For corporate or individuals that are interested to take part in this program, you are welcome to donate any unused laptops and desktop computers to the pilot project of “Folding@home” at zero cost. APR Electronic Services will handle all the cost of refurbishment and reconditioning of the used laptops and desktop computers. These refurbished laptops or PC will then be put to work in the Folding@home project over a period of time.
APR Electronic Services is a company with environmentally friendly credentials, which actively promotes the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) via the reuse and recycle of electronic devices in various universities and learning institutions.
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